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Central Asian Ovtcharka - Dog Breeds - Facts Every Owner Should Know

Aug 8, 2008
We begin this article with the basic facts about the breed, then follow up with an in-depth look at their personality.

Group: Working

Weight: Male: 121-176, Female: 88-143 lbs

Height: Male: 27-32, Female: 24-27 inches

Overview

It is believed that the Central Asian Shepherd dog has its origin from many different places throughout Central Asia. These places include Tibet, Iran and also the very old Silk Road. Many feel that the Central Asian Ovtcharka is the ancestor of all the other dog breeds. Genetic evidence available today proves that the Tibetan Mastiff is a close relative to the Central Asian Ovtcharka, and not a predecessor as it was previously believed. The Central Asian Ovtcharka is considered to be the oldest of the early Molosser breed of dogs found in the world. The Central Asian Ovtcharka is still bred in Russia and other areas to be protection and guard dogs and these dogs are becoming more and more popular in many other areas as well.

Temperament

Central Asian Ovtcharkas are very serene dogs that are without fear. This is a very autonomous breed, and they will not go down without a fight. Although the Central Asian Ovtcharka gets along well with members of their own family, they should always be supervised when left alone with children. These dogs tend to be aggressive with other dogs, and should always be kept on a leash. Seeing that these dogs are so aggressive and dominant, they should be socialised properly when still very young. They will however get along will with other animals within their families.

Care

Central Asian Ovtcharka does not require a lot of maintenance, and will be fine if brushed on an occasional basis. These dogs have coats that are naturally very dirt resistant, and they also look groomed even when they are left natural without regular grooming. During spring these dogs tend to shed heavily, which is then followed by lighter shedding through the rest of the year. At this time, it is best to brush their coats on a regular basis to remove any excess hair from their coats.

Training

It is vital that the Central Asian Ovtcharka should have a consistent training regime. These dogs are fairly independent, and will therefore need a firm, yet gentle trainer. Early obedience training and socialization is very important for these dogs, as it will prevent problems later on.

Health problems

In general, the Central Asian Ovtcharka is a very healthy dog. It is however good to be aware of some conditions these dogs do struggle with from time to time. This breed has some problems with elbow and hip dysplasia, and bloat has also been a problem for these dogs in the past.
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